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New record for steel packaging recycling in Europe

Europe – Recycling of steel packaging in Europe reached ‘another all-time high’ of 77.5% in 2015, says the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL). The rate sustained an increase of 1.5 percentage points over 2014, with more than 2.7 million tonnes of steel having been recycled.

‘This is another major achievement and sees the recycling rate of steel for packaging pull still further away from that of other packaging materials,’ comments APEAL’S secretary general Alexis Van Maercke. ‘APEAL has long advocated ambitious yet achievable recycling rates for all materials in the circular economy package, on the understanding that we continue to measure the ”real recycling” rate.’

The methodology and data sources used by APEAL for the calculation of this rate were ‘independently reviewed, audited and certified’, stresses the industry body.

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